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Book Party for Mika B.

BWMB_2.10.jpgBarbara Walters was among the guests the other night at New York’s Kouros Gallery for Mika Brzezinski‘s new book “All Things At Once.”

Brzezinski’s book is dedicated to her mother, the sculptor Emilie Brzezinski.

The event was co-hosted by Miles Nadal, Chairman of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown. Other newsers in attendance: Mika’s morning partner, Joe Scarborough. Their boss, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker, CNN’s Alina Cho, Gayle King, Tom Brokaw and The New York TimesAndrew Ross Sorkin.

‘I’d Say CNN Has Come into Its Own’

Writer, journalist, and former editor of the Sunday Times, Sir Harold Evans lauds CNN in an article for the Daily Beast, the site run by his wife Tina Brown: “On the [Massachusetts] election and on Haiti, I’d say CNN has come into its own, once again justifying its slogan ‘The Worldwide Leader in News’ and founder Ted Turner’s faith in his innovation.”

Kurtz, Brown, Hartman, and Zurawik Discuss Gibson-Sawyer Announcement

This weekend on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Howard Kurtz talked with The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, former CBS Evening News EP Rome Hartman, and the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik about last week’s announcement from ABC that Charlie Gibson would be stepping down from “World News” and that Diane Sawyer would be filling the anchor position. The panel discussed Gibson’s tenure, Sawyer’s qualifications, and women in the evening news chair.

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Ari Fleischer on the White House Press Corps and Cable News “Landscape”

noonan_4-30.bmpToday at the Paley Center for Media, the IFC Media Project hosted a panel on how national and international press coverage differs.

Katty Kay of the BBC described the European media’s campaign coverage. “Let’s not pretend that 99.9% of Europe wanted Obama to be president,” she said. “There was definitely a sense that the European media was in the tank for Obama.”

Al-Jazeera English host Josh Rushing is not a fan of U.S. TV news. “Television, I think, absolutely sucks here,” he said. “We exist in our own media island.”

Former Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer and DailyBeast.com founder Tina Brown both described the conflict inherent in TV news. “It’s a dramatic medium…It’s totally about conflict,” said Brown, while Fleischer thought “the first and worst bias is conflict.”

Before the panel we talked to Fleischer about which members of the White House press corps are doing a good job, the current cable news landscape and how he’d grade his successor Robert Gibbs 100 days in:



Click continued to see a clip of the first episode, about Al-Jazeera English…

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Cooper: “I Don’t Have the Energy of Arianna Huffington or Tina Brown”

cooper_12-28.jpgAnderson Cooper is interviewed by Choire Sicha in the Los Angeles Times, and the CNN anchor talks about the internet and life after the election.

“I miss our nightly meetings with 20 different analysts,” he says. “I was joking with some of them that I feel like we should convene panels in my home on the weekends and go over polls that don’t exist.”

When asked why he doesn’t just “quit your job and start a website,” Cooper says, “I like the immediacy of television. I like going to a frontline, I like going to a story. I like the immediacy and impact of it. There’s a real global impact with CNN.” But also: “I don’t have the energy of Arianna Huffington or Tina Brown.”

After the jump, what Cooper doesn’t “quite understand” about “other networks”…

(image by Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times)

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Planet Still in Peril on CNN

pip_12-10.jpgWithin the next few days, CNN is expecting a big response from several corporations and individuals who may not be very happy with the way they are portrayed in the upcoming two-hour documentary, “Planet in Peril: Battle Lines.”

“I expect them to, in a perfect world, to say ‘we weren’t really aware of what’s going on, but we’re going to do something about it,’” EP David Doss tells TVNewser following the premiere of “Planet in Peril” last night at the Time Warner Center. “Or I think we’ll probably hear from the attorneys from other companies. That’s the range.”

The “Planet in Peril” series enters its second year tomorrow at 9pmET, and puts its three correspondents, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling (and producer Charlie Moore, pictured) in a series of dangerous situations, in order to report on environmental crises around the world.

There’s Cooper swimming with great white sharks, without a cage. Gupta in a Peruvian town where 98% of the children are poisoned by the pollutants in the air. Ling to an African separatist organization firing guns haphazardly while she reports just yards a way. In total, the reporting takes the viewer to 11 countries and four continents.

“I didn’t get the sense that there were any limits about what we can do,” Gupta tells us. “It’s a big undertaking.”

Tina Brown, Mo Rocca, Ali Velshi and others made up the audience. But when we heard someone ask what the average person can do to help out during the Q&A session, and turned around to see Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn, we had to ask what brought him to the event.

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What If Tucker Carlson Were On That Panel Looking into Rathergate?

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

George Will says he would never do it.

Lou Dobbs calls it “a novel idea” but can’t imagine doing it.

TuckerC_11.10.jpgTucker Carlson says he’d do it in a heartbeat.

Will, Dobbs and Carlson, along with 20-plus other conservatives, were apparently on CBS’s list of potential candidates in fall 2004 for its investigative panel on Memogate, the New York Observer reports.

CBS, of course, eventually selected former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and ex-AP chief Louis Boccardi to pass judgment on Dan Rather – now suing his former employers for $70 million.

Newsweek’s Will, CNN’s Dobbs and MSNBC’s Carlson all say they were never contacted.

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